MCM Comic Con ~ NEC, Birmingham (21st – 22nd November 2017)

For more details of MCM Comic Con’s schedule for next year visit MCM Comic Con

Comic Cons are undoubtedly one of my obsessions and MCM provide some of the best conventions, I always enjoy the November event in Birmingham because it’s close to Christmas – so you could call it my Christmas shopping Comic Con! Here are some highlights of MCM’s latest as well as some top tips which may be helpful if you’re overwhelmed by the larger scale Comic Con.

Highlights

  • UK Garrison, always on duty at events like these and one of the staples of MCM, UK Garrison were on hand with a band of Storm Troopers and a fantastic selection of other characters to delight Star Wars fans of all ages. I never fail to be impressed by Chewbacca and he is undoubtedly my little boy’s favourite.
  • Comic Village – this seemed bigger and better this year, unless it was the layout which gave that impression. I was particularly taken with Lee Bradley’s work and I am always eagerly looking out for other artists I’ve yet to discover. Comic Village provides the best opportunity to become acquainted with artists and their amazing work.
  • Theatre – the set up in the theatre area was much more comfortable and the list of guests was impressive. I found David Bradley fascinating to listen to, his Q & A session was informative and covered a wide range of television shows and movies, including Harry Potter and Game Of Thrones. “I came back to have my throat cut!” he said of his final appearance on Game of Thrones. I also loved listening to Veronica Taylor who was the first Ash in Pokémon – what an honour to have her amongst us. Plus there was Peter Davison and Colin Baker for all the Whovians in the hall.
  • Stalls – I thought the range of stalls was extremely impressive as there was quite a good variation between the higher priced and lower budget items. If you’ve got hundreds of pounds to spend on a specialist item – the opportunities were there. If you want a bargain, there were also many to be had. More of the stalls take card and Paypal payments now too which I much prefer.
  • Cosplay – Cosplayers are out in force for MCM and with the large scale Comic Con comes some of the most resplendent costumes. From Tour Guide Barbie in her box to Transformers to Iron Man – you’d be hard pushed not to have found a favourite character walking around to have a selfie with!
Actor, David Bradley – famous for Harry Potter franchise and Game of Thrones amongst many other credits!

Tips

  1. Crowds ~ Want to have a good look around without the overwhelming hub-bub? Get there early and be one of the first to get in with a ticket purchased in advance. I also recommend going later in the day (especially on the Saturday) and hanging around until the close of the show. It’s decidedly less busy and easier to get around.
  2. Bargains ~ going on the Sunday is the best way of getting hold of those bargains, staying until the close of show on a Sunday may also provide an opportunity to get your hands on a much-wanted item for a good price.
  3. Weekend ticket ~ I recommend the weekend ticket – the flexibility it offers to see the convention at different times and manage the above tips is worth its weight. Advance purchased tickets are usually quite reasonably priced too.
  4. Cosplay ~ wondering whether you’d stand out for the wrong reasons if you wear a costume? Don’t think twice, do it! Comic Cons are the best place to dress as your favourite character and you’ll be glad you did when you see how many others have done the same. In fact those of us who don’t dress up probably stand out more!
  5. Plan ~ a bit of forward planning never goes amiss at these large events. Check out the floor plan in the guide book and check the times of the talks you might want to see so that you can get a good seat to watch your favourites talk about the things you’re passionate about too. It’s also often worth leaving the stalls and shopping until last when some of the crowds have moved on.
Two of our favourite cosplayers from the weekend who very kindly allowed us to use this photograph.

 

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